Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Simplify and Save

Brittan and I are beginning our second month of a dramatic simplification of our lifestyle and spending. So far, it has been very successful. In fact, as mentioned earlier, we are expanding the plan so that we can save money to purchase a piece of land for a hobby farm.

While nearly every area of our budget has been downsized (without us even feeling it), it is seen most clearly in our food budget. We have returned to staples like potatoes and pasta, eggs and beans. We are eating hearty meals at about half what we had been spending the last couple years. We have cut way back on eating out. We don't miss it. And boy howdy are we saving?

Other areas are being simplified as well, clothing budget, utilities and transportation for example. So far, we're staying focused and making progress. I am becoming increasingly convinced that one of the best ways to save is to simplify. Try it. You might like it.